Wondering what to do in Stuart, Florida? Start on SW Flagler Avenue – we’ll take it from there.

If you’re taking a break from the beach while vacationing along Florida’s Treasure Coast, Stuart’s SW Flagler Avenue offers a funky mix of shopping, cafes and restaurants, and culture – all just steps from the edge of the scenic St. Lucie River.

April Daze BoutiqueGet a Summer Outfit at April Daze Boutique [308 S Colorado Avenue]

“Anthropologie meets Free People” is how customers often describe April Daze Boutique‘s wares, located at the corner of SW Flagler Avenue and Colorado Avenue. The clothing and shoe selection gives off a laid-back, almost luxury-hippy vibe, and the friendly staff is known to share their expert input if you request it.

Grab a Treat at Signature Sweets Chocolate & Ice Cream [12 SW Osceola Street]

If you have a serious sweet tooth, you may want to stay away from Signature Sweets Chocolate & Ice Cream, wedged between Osceola Street and SW Flagler Avenue. Don’t browse the huge assortment of fresh chocolates. Don’t pick one of the many ice creams, frozen yogurts, or gelatos (the Dulce De Leche is especially good…err, bad.) Don’t enjoy your choice of dessert in the comfortable outdoor seating area. (Read: Do it!)

Add a Piece to Your Art Collection at Rare Earth Gallery [41 SW Flagler Avenue]

Looking for a quality keepsake to remember your vacation by? Skip the touristy, mass-produced paraphernalia and head to Rare Earth Gallery, selling unique, handmade art from artists (about 50 percent of which are from one of the surrounding towns). The jewelry, sand art, lighting, pottery, paintings, glass, and other pieces feel like they were curated by a single guiding hand, but each tells its own story.

The Lyric Theatre in StuartCatch a Show at The Lyric Theatre [59 SW Flagler Avenue]

Looking for a little culture? Built in 1926 as a silent movie house, The Lyric Theatre is a Stuart staple. Though it has served many uses over the years, most recently, the theater received a 2014 renovation (including 500 new comfortable seats, improved acoustics, and a bar area in the lobby) and continues to be one of the best live music venues in the Stuart area. Check out the Upcoming Events page for the live music and movies (new and old) that are hitting the theater soon.

Flagler ParkTake a Break at Flagler Park [201 SW Flagler Avenue]

Need a place to take a breather with the family? Flagler Park – to the right of the Roosevelt Bridge, bordering the St. Lucie River – is that place on SW Flagler. A basketball court, ship-themed playground, and wooden boardwalk on the water make it a fun place for kids to play, while the gazebo, picnic tables, and bathrooms make it a good spot to recharge.

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